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Statement on Passage of House Bill 472 by the Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org       LOUISVILLE, KY – In the closing days of the 2021 legislative session, the Kentucky Senate ensured final passage of an important bill for survivors of child sexual abuse, House Bill 472. “According to data from the latest national Child Maltreatment Report, there were more than 20,000 child maltreatment victims in Kentucky in 2019, the highest rate in the country. One child harmed is one child too many,” said [...]

By |2021-03-16T15:42:21-04:00March 16th, 2021|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of House Bill 472 by the Senate Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org         LOUISVILLE, KY – The 2021 Kentucky General Assembly is taking important action for kids in its final days. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee ensured passage of House Bill 472, a measure to support survivors of child sexual abuse. “The research tells us that only 38 percent of children who have experienced sexual abuse disclose that abuse. House Bill 472 is an important piece of legislation that will [...]

By |2021-03-15T12:10:48-04:00March 15th, 2021|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 148 by the House Health and Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org LOUISVILLE, KY – Senate Bill 148, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, advanced closer to its final passage today with approval by the House Health and Family Services Committee. SB 148 will begin to simplify the planning and zoning process for home-based small businesses that offer a regulated child care option to up to six unrelated children in their community. This measure is an important step to strengthen local options for families [...]

By |2021-03-05T13:02:50-05:00March 5th, 2021|Economic Security, Education, News Room|

Statement on Passage of House Bill 472 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org         LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky House of Representatives emphasized their commitment to prioritizing survivors of child abuse with today’s passage of House Bill 472, sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. “With around one-third of all child sexual assault victims being under the age of 12, many children lack the capacity to understand what has happened to them and articulate it. By empowering survivors of childhood sexual abuse through [...]

By |2021-03-05T10:11:03-05:00March 5th, 2021|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of House Bill 472 by the House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org       LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, the House Judiciary Committee demonstrated their support for survivors of childhood sexual abuse with passage of House Bill 472, sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. “The data tells us that one in four girls and one in thirteen boys will experience sexual abuse at some point in their childhood, and there are numerous, complex reasons that some children don’t disclose their abuse right away. HB [...]

By |2021-03-03T12:26:50-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 36 by the House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – With today’s passage of Senate Bill 36 by the House Judiciary Committee, Kentucky is one step closer to a more efficient and effective juvenile justice system that holds kids accountable, helps them grow up to become contributing members of their community, and increases public safety. SB 36, sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, seeks to expand court discretion [...]

By |2021-03-03T12:12:12-05:00March 3rd, 2021|News Room, Race Equity, Youth Justice|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 148 by the Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, the Kentucky Senate passed Senate Bill 148, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, as an important step to strengthen local options for families seeking regulated home-based family child care. Kentucky has experienced a dramatic decline in the number of family child care home providers over the last decade, often due to burdensome planning and zoning requirements on [...]

By |2021-02-24T15:18:07-05:00February 24th, 2021|Economic Security, Education, News Room|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 36 by the Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – With the Kentucky Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 36 today, Senator Whitney Westerfield once again is championing an efficient and effective juvenile justice system that holds kids accountable, helps them grow up to become contributing members of their community, and increases public safety. SB 36 seeks to expand court discretion when determining the transfer of youth to [...]

By |2021-02-11T17:07:33-05:00February 11th, 2021|News Room, Youth Justice|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 148 by the Senate Health and Welfare

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Now more than ever, we know that parents rely on safe, affordable child care to be able to work. Even before the pandemic, Kentucky parents lacked child care options, especially families of color and those in rural parts of the state. Today, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee passed Senate Bill 148, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, [...]

By |2021-02-10T10:29:53-05:00February 10th, 2021|Economic Security, Education, News Room|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 36 by the Senate Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky has been a leader in juvenile justice system reforms in many ways, but there are some practices still in use that we now know do not achieve the best outcomes for kids or communities. And, despite those recent reforms, youth of color continue to be overrepresented in the youth justice system at all points, and the disparities [...]

By |2021-02-04T10:27:49-05:00February 4th, 2021|News Room, Youth Justice|
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